The Chowmahalla Palace in the centre of Hyderabad city is a glistening piece of historical architecture. Chowmahalla literally translates to ‘four palaces’ and all cultural ceremonies and events that were hosted by the Nizams of the city were held here.

12 acres of the restored property is divided into the Northern and the Southern Courtyard. This palace has much to see which would amount to a half-day of easy exploration, though the sheer splendour of the Durbar Hall is probably the most awe-inspiring.

The grand Durbar Hall nests in the Khilwat Mubarak, the heart of this grandiose structure. Takht-e-Nishan in the Durbar Hall, is the royal seat which is adorned by the 19 chandeliers made of Belgian crystal. The balconies in the floor above were reserved for the ladies of the palace, who attended the ceremonies in purdah.

At the Khilwat Mubarak
At the Khilwat Mubarak
The ceiling as I entered
The ceiling as I entered
The first glance of the Durbar Hall
The first glance of the Durbar Hall
The Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat
The Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat
Under the Belgian crystal.
Under the Belgian crystal.
The long hung chandeliers.
The long hung chandeliers.
From the upper deck balconies.
From the upper deck balconies.
Still to get over the grandeur.
Still getting over the grandeur.

 

Amrita Das

Amrita is a freelance travel writer and professional travel blogger. She has been contributing to some of the top publications in India and internationally. She propagates female solo travel and shares her experiences from off-beat, culture and adventure travel through her writing.

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